The Best Of A South Pacific Cruise Vacation

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It is that time- time for the vacation wrap-up post.  My sun-filled South Pacific extravaganza included Tahiti, Fiji, Tonga, New Caledonia, and Australia. With so gorgeous beaches, delicious dinners, and fun activities, the trip was full of highlights but here are the best:

Bora Bora beach break

Bora Bora is one place in the world that lives up to the hype. I have never seen water so clear and turquoise. The underwater life is amazing too. The coral reef that surrounds Bora Bora keeps out most of the scary creatures so snorkeling inside the reef is lush with Manta Rays and colorful fish.  We were lucky and even saw some dophins.  Outside the reef is good for shark scuba diving.  I saw a lemon shark and black-tipped reef sharks. It was awesome!

Bora Bora Ray 2

Staying overnight in an overnight bungalow may be over the top but visiting for a few days by cruise is the perfect way to see Bora Bora without spending a fortune.

Bora Bora jet ski swimming

New Caledonia Mom in Ocean

I really liked New Caledonia.  There were a plethera of beaches in the main city of Noumea to choose from.  The culture is a little bit South Pacific islander a little bit French making for an exotic mix of food and architecture.

New Caledonia Noumea Paris Square

  • Another surprise island: Tonga

Tonga Royal Palace gate

A little tropical storm blew through the South Pacific towards the beginning of our trip and caused us some rainy days and the cruise ship to veer off course.  The Oceania Marina cruise itinerary was supposed to take us to American Samoa and Samoa the day the tropical storm was due to hit there.  Instead we veered south and docked in Tonga.  I was perfectly happy with that as I’ve never been to Tonga either.

Tonga Solstice Marker 2

Unfortunately in Tonga it was a Sunday and absolutely nothing was open.  if you ever go to Tonga, don’t plan on doing anything besides finding a beach on Sunday.  We took a short tour around Tongatapu for some sights.

Tonga Plumeria

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Best sunset I have ever seen.  Period.

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Gold Coast Beach Entrance

The waves were fun, the beach was smooth white sand, the sun was hot.  An all-around great beach.

Gold Coast Beach between the flags

Oceania Marina Red Ginger tea

This was a big surprise as well.  Mom is not a big fan of Asian fusion but I am.  Appetizer, entrée, and dessert were amazing.  If you ever cruise with Oceania (on their bigger ships), make sure to eat here as much as you can.

Oceania Marina Red Ginger Sea BassOceania Marina Red Ginger Sorbet Trio

Sydney Opera House front

Sydney one of the most fun cities in the world.  The Sydney Opera House is a gem along the water, along with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Bondi Beach, The Rocks, Darling Harbour- are some of Sydney’s best sights. There is so much to see and do.

Sydney Chinese New Year Festival Terracotta Warriors Opera House

Cruising the South Pacific was the trip of a lifetime.  If it is not already on your bucket list, add it and make sure that you get to Bora Bora and Australia, even better if you can get to New Caledonia and Tonga too!

Bora Bora beach

 

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13 Replies to “The Best Of A South Pacific Cruise Vacation”

  1. Wow…what a cruise! I love this part of the world. The cruise certainly took you to some of the most exotic places. We were in Fiji and Australia last summer and going to Bora Bora this summer. Looking at your beautiful photos has made me even more excited. That is one spectacular sunset!

  2. I definitely have taking a cruise on my bucket list…and this one looks great! I love the idea of visiting a whole lot of different places without the hassle of packing up and moving on each time. (Came here via #WeekendWanderlust)

  3. This sounds like an INCREDIBLE vacation! I can’t believe you saw so many great places…now I’m dreaming of tropical lands far away 🙂

  4. Hi Andrea, thanks for sharing the highlight of your cruise. It looked like an amazing trip. Bora-bora is one of my favorite islands in the whole wide world and I’m so glad that you also found that it lived up to its hype. I loved that divne sunset you captured from Interconental Hotel in Tahiti. I stayed at the same place bu,t alas, it was rainy almost the whole time. And yes, I agree Sydney is one of the most fun cities. I’m yet to visit Tonga and New Caledonia. You just gave me more incentives to do so,

  5. WOWWWW!!!!! Most beautiful pics ever!! I can’t even truly imagine those sunsets and that water – but goodness, how beautiful!!

  6. That sunset in Tahiti looks so amazing! That is probably one of the best sunsets I’ve seen through photos! And Bora Bora has always been a place I’ve wanted to visit and it just looks so fun to go visit, so it just reiterates that I need to go there soon!

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